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An evening fit for a King

Guests are invited to enjoy an exclusive evening of champagne, canapés and Richard III

The Yorkshire Museum invites guests to an after-hours, exclusive event entitled Unique in York: Richard III on September 24th from 5pm-7pm.

If you are not content with simply gazing through a glass case at your favourite historic artefacts, the Yorkshire Museum has organised a special event that will allow guests to handle some of the most iconic objects currently on display as part of our Richard III: King & County exhibition while enjoying champagne, canapés and a curator’s talk by curator of archaeology, Natalie McCaul.

Unquestionably one of the most exciting pieces on display is the Middleham Jewel. This gold pendant with beautiful sapphire adornment was discovered at Middleham Castle – childhood home of York’s favourite king – and may even have belonged to his mother. It was bought by the museum for £2.5 million in 1991 and will be available for guests to handle at this exclusive event.

Guests will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the York and Middleham boar badges - originally worn by supporters of Richard III – and to own their own piece of history by bidding in the silent auction for the unique replica 18 carat gold boar badge which was commissioned by the Yorkshire Museum and created by jeweller Charmian Ottoway. Money raised will go towards the museum’s acquisition fund.

Unique in York: Richard III is the first in a series of exclusive evening events designed to give the public a unique insight into our collections and what they tell us about the history of York. Places are strictly limited and tickets are selling fast so if you want to be part of this exciting event book now.

Tickets can be bought in advance for £50 per person by contacting the York Museums Trust booking line on 01904 650333.

People can bid for the unique 18 carat gold boar badge in the silent auction by dropping off sealed bids at a collection point at the Yorkshire Museum or by emailing


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